Best Rogue build in Baldur’s Gate 3: Race, skills, subclass & more

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The Rogue is a deadly class in Baldur’s Gate 3, providing powerful strikes with very little risk. However, this can only be the case with the right build. So, here’s the best Rogue build in Baldur’s Gate 3 including the best race, subclass, and some multiclass ideas.

The Rogue is a particularly stealthy class in Baldur’s Gate 3, often allowing you to deal a deadly amount of damage without being seen or hit back. However, similar to the Ranger, this class also requires a lot of in-game knowledge if you want to build it perfectly.

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So, to help you out, here’s the best Rogue build in Baldur’s Gate 3 along with the ideal race, subclass, and some great multiclass options if you want to add a little more to your thief or assassin.


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Best race to choose for a Rogue in Baldur’s Gate 3

There are four different races to choose from when creating the best Rogue in the game:

  • Wood Half-Elf
  • Drow
  • Wood Elf
  • Lightfoot Halfling

We recommend using the Wood Half-Elf for Fleet of Foot, raising your movement speed and letting you dip in or out of combat.

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If the Wood Half-Elf isn’t for you, it’s worth trying the Lightfoot Halfling because of its advantage on Stealth checks and extremely helpful Lucky feat.

Best subclass for a Rogue in Baldur’s Gate 3

Undoubtedly, the best subclass to choose for a rogue is the Thief. it prioritizes stealth, agility, and multiple attacks, making them extremely valuable on the battlefield.

You could go for Arcane Trickster if you want a bit more magic, but for pure damage and evasion, Thief is the best decision out there.

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Best background for a Rogue

Choosing a background is imperative to grant you proficiency in skills you may need. For the Rogue, you want to choose Urchin as it’s arguably made for this class, granting you proficiency in Stealth and Sleight of Hand.

On top of this, it’s worth choosing some of these skills as well:

  • Perception
  • Insight
  • Deception
  • Persuasion
  • Survival

Best Ability Score spread for a Rogue

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The recommended Ability Score spread for the Rogue is pretty good, but if you want to optimize your character, try these:

  • Strength: 8
  • Dexterity: 17
  • Constitution: 14
  • Wisdom: 14
  • Intelligence: 12
  • Charisma: 10

The primary stat for the Rogue is Dexterity, so that’s naturally the highest here. Then, for a little more health, it’s worth increasing Constitution. Wisdom is ideal for important skills, and the rest are balanced, with Strength being the lowest due to the fact you’ll rarely need it.

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Best multiclass options for the Rogue

Rogue and Ranger

The Ranger isn’t the most powerful class in the game, but it’s instead capable of greatly increasing the power of others, particularly the Rogue.

All this multiclass does really is add more power to your ranged attacks, which can be lifesaving depending on either your party build or your situation. You’ll also get access to some handy spells, which is never a bad thing.

Rogue and Fighter

The Rogue class is capable of dealing some extremely impressive damage thanks to its sneak attack, but really struggles to keep up with other classes when they’re unable to sneak. This is where the Fighter subclass comes in.

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Thanks to the diverse subclasses and the fighting styles, you can excel in your damage no matter the situation. It makes the character fantastically versatile.

Best build for a Rogue in Baldur’s Gate 3

Race: Wood Half-Elf

Background: Urchin

Skills: Perception, Insight

Ability order from highest to lowest: Dexterity, Constitution, Wisdom, Charisma, Strength, Intelligence

Build layout:

1Sneak Attack
2Cunning Action: Dash & Disengage
3Subclass: Thief
4Feat: Dual Wielder
5Uncanny Dodge
6Expertise: Persuasion, Acrobatics
8Ability Improvement: Dexerity
9Supreme Sneak
10Feat: Mobile
11Reliable Talent
12Feat: Lucky or Alert (if you chose Halfling)

There you have it, that’s the best Rogue build in Baldur’s Gate 3. While sneaking your way into battle, take a look at some of our other handy Baldur’s Gate 3 guides and content:

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